Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weekend Open Thread

#OneTrueSully

Happy weekend, everyone! Have you seen anything good lately?

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  1. Everyone goes a little mad sometimes!


    This week im doing all four Psycho movies and the Rob Galluzzo documentary, I'm not sure why? Sometimes I just do these things

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    1. I just watched Psycho a few days ago, you know it's good, but you forget just how good until you watch it again. Anthony Perkins is truely amazing. I have to get on to the others. Cause he just has one of those faces you can't help believing.

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    2. It's so great, it never lets up on the tension, and that shot looking up into the shower head without the camera lens getting wet is still amazing now, I'm watching part 4 tonight then the doc

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    3. It's so great, it never lets up on the tension, and that shot looking up into the shower head without the camera lens getting wet is still amazing now, I'm watching part 4 tonight then the doc

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    4. I might be a terrible person for this, but I prefer 2 to the original. The original is great, but part 2 is SO much fun! It may have something to do with the fact that I knew everything about the first before I saw it. I saw Psycho 2 on a clean slate.

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    5. I did really enjoy it too, I kept seeing Jennifer Tillys eyes in her mum, I was watching Meg and kept thinking of how similar she acts, some parts felt right out of a Chucky film, it was great

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    6. If I had a time machine I would go back to 1960 just to watch psycho. Imagine watching that movie blind. Psycho 2 was one of the first movies I put on my Scary Movie Month list, I am really looking forward to it.

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  2. Just watched Rapid Fire (1992) for the first time (I'm disappointed in me too). I think it was a good villain away from Stone Cold/Roadhouse hall of fame territory, but otherwise it was a mega dose of 90's action awesomeness. Has anyone here ever wondered what kind of career Brandon Lee would have put together had he lived longer? His last three films were Showdown In Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire and The Crow. That's about as good of a run of three that you could ask for from an action star and he didn't even live to see 30. He had better acting chops than today's dtv crew (Seagal, Van Damme etc), so I don't think he'd be slumming with those guys if he were still around. I would imagine he could have probably been in the Statham stratosphere had things gone his way. Anyone else ever given this much consideration?

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    1. The Crow is my favorite comic book movie. And you are right, the sky was the limit for Lee.

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  3. Last night viewing:
    The Shallows - really liked it. Dug much of the tension and it's definitely one of the better shark movies.

    The Neighbor - directed by the guy who did both The Collector (which I like for what it is) and The Collection starring Josh Stewart, Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes) and Bill Engvall as the villian! Crazyness. I liked it enough until the 3rd act.

    De Palma - I mean it's kind of dull at times but it's De Palma so I really liked it.

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    1. Yeah, I just enjoyed the stories, very open about himself, well worth a watch

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  4. To Wong Foo! Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) - Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo as drag queens. What more could you want?

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  5. I finally caught The Invitation on Netflix last night (thanks to Film Crit Hulk for the reminder). Man, it really lived up to the hype for me. What's stayed with me so far isn't the craziness of the last half hour, which is really well done, but the creepiness and dread and raw emotion that saturates very frame up until all the shit goes down. And I would actually prefer this dinner party to some of the painfully boring ones I've been to.

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    1. For me that saddness and dred was amplyfied when John Carol Lynch shows up. But I thought the movie was beautifully shot - it stayed with me for a while.

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  6. I checked out Kubo and the Two Strings. I usually stay away from animated movies but after hearing JB's praise for it I decided to check it out. I didn't want it to be another Inside Out situation. With that said, I enjoyed it but no where near as much as Inside Out. Is that an unfair comparison?

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    1. Well, the two are kind of apples and oranges outside of the common element of being animated, but if I were to weigh the two I would give the edge to Inside Out as well.

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    2. Agreed. I think the reason I'm comparing them is because they're the only two animated movies I've seen in recent memory.

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    3. I love them both, but I'd also choose Inside Out as the superior.

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    4. I'd love to be excited about a Laika movie, particularly as I'd like to see more stop-motion over CG animation, but none of their movies have piqued my interest so far, and Kubo seems almost aggressively niche (and not in my direction, either). I'm all for movies with flavor and personality, but is a $60m mostly downbeat production about medieval Japanese folklore really a prudent investment? Still, if they're enjoying themselves and paying their bills, I obviously can't complain... I just wish Aarman's excellent Pirates, which seemed like a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, had done well enough for a sequel. :P

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    5. @El Gaith: Laika is owned by the 15th richest person in the world (co-founder of Nike) and run by his son, so they're okay taking the odd financial risk if they so choose...

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    6. I enjoyed Kubo enough, and I love that Laika is pushing for an angular, niche style of movie. As much as I love Pixar, there is a distinct four quadrant, mainstream approach to their movie-making that, outside of the initial conceit of the movie, tends to play towards the conventional (watertight storytelling notwithstanding). Other animated studios are worse in their pursuit of the mainstream audience that really gives animated movies a bad rap. I know people who refuse to watch things like Fantastic Mr Fox, Anomalisa, Mary & Max, or even anything Studio Ghibli because they equate "animated" with the likes of Madagascar and Planet 51.

      I do admit though that Inside Out had a greater emotional immediacy, and I tend to dislike the "shopping list of quest items" plots. But I like the world of Kubo and it to me, it sits nicely against Boxtrolls, Coraline and ParaNorman. (I LOVE ParaNorman).

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  7. Best movie I've seen in a while: At Close Range. Christopher Walken is brilliant. It's a shame he has become a bit of a charicature because he is such an amazing actor.

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    1. Yeah, that´s a great movie, one of my most beloved Walken movies. And pretty heartbreaking for a crime thriller.

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  8. I've always thought Chris Penn was a little underrated. He was pretty good in a lot of stuff before his descent into self-parody. Also, I don't know if you're familiar with Walken's fear of guns, but there's a pretty interesting story from this movie involving Walken, Sean Penn and a gun.

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    1. I'll never forget this one episode of Dinner for Five with Jon Favreau on IFC. Peter Berg was a guest, and when the subject of Chris Penn came up (who was a friend of Berg's), Berg said, "Chris was always one movie away from an Oscar nomination. He was that good."

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  9. Holy Hell, a 2016 documentary about a narcissistic cult leader, was a tough watch, in a good way. It's baffling to me how people go along with these crazy leaders, but I really felt the pain of the interviewees. Worth a watch if you're into that kind of thing.

    Captain Fantastic was surprisingly good, even though the last half hour kinda fell flat.

    Also watched Air Bud and Meet the Fockers this week for some reason.

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    1. Oh I'm glad to hear Captain Fantastic was good, thank you. Living off the grid is pretty celebrated and not uncommon where I come from, and sometimes I think it has a little weird or pretentious vibe. I've been hoping the Captain Fantatic movie has something more interesting to say about it.

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    2. I mean, billions of people go along with the big religions. What's the difference?

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    3. I'm gonna watch Holy hell, cheers, just to try to understand?

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    4. I'm gonna watch Holy hell, cheers, just to try to understand?

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    5. "whole foods: the movie" - Adam Riske
      Made my entire day.

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  10. Any chance we can get another Bond episode before scary movie month? I just don't want you guys to fall behind.

    Speaking of scary movie month, I'm already prepping by watching a bunch of stuff I've seen but won't have time for in October. Last night was Scream 2, tonight is Hellraiser, and one of the Halloween sequels? In thinking 4?

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    1. I second the Bond question. Finishing my full marathon this week and I'm dying for some more Bond discussion.

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    2. I would love to do Bond before SMM but the month is filling up fast. I promise we'll do another in November. It's been too long.

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    3. That's great! I was listening to The Living Daylights the other day and it just filled me with joy.

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  11. I also just wanted to add that #OneTrueSully and that picture cracked me up.

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  12. "Alright, form up on me. it's the 4th of July, lets show some fireworks" - ID4:2. Wow. There's so much ammo to tear apart this movie I don't even know where to begin. Contender for worst of the year, no doubt.

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    1. No need for competition. It's the undisputed champeen.

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  13. Maid in Manhattan! Barf! There's gotta be a place in hell for all versions of the Cinderella, "The Martyr", story. I find that seriously the worst, most damaging, pathetic, least forgivable message to send to girls or...anyone.

    Anyway, better movies. I was thinking today how I love The Keeping Room and The Midnight Swim so much. So happy FTM introduced me. Thank you! In hindsight I'm more accepting of the ghost element of The Midnight Swim, like it was a helpful ghost. And by the end I felt like that movie transported my consciousness. So cool.




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    1. I caught some of "Maid in Manhattan" on tv today and must say that you are not wrong. I remember it as a generic rom com but it was truly offensive. Even Ralph Fiennes and Stanley Tucci couldn't class it up. Just curious what are your thoughts on Pretty Woman?

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    2. Pretty Woman makes my skin crawl. You too? There is so much BS in that movie I don't think I can list it here.

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    3. Haha....Agreed. At least Roberts was really good at driving sports cars but then of course Gere's first car was limo agh.

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    4. She's a manic pixie dream girl IMO. MPDGs have to have unusual, specific talents like driving sports cars :)

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  14. Anybody else watching TNT's The Last Ship, which has just been renewed for a fourth and fifth season? It's like a #HeavyAction 80s ass-kicking America!fest with every episode, and this summer's third season featured a Chinese big bad of the sort a big-budget movie inevitably aimed at the international market, China included, would never dream of depicting. (For balance, lots of us Yanks don't come off too well, either.) And the storytelling just keeps on getting bigger and more epic. Good stuff...

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  15. Watched Wolfen today and have to say it was fun. While made in the early 80's it still had a strong 70's horror vibe. Not your normal werewolf movie but fun with a bunch of good gore going on. If that doesn't sell you try this. A young Edward James Olmos (playing a native american) is straight naked on a beach running around acting like a wolf. To his credit it was kind of fucking scary!

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  16. I'm currently writing a script based on the song "A Boy Named Sue." Would anyone here be interested in watching that movie?

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  17. Just watched Joe vs the Volcano. Thank you Patrick and F This Movie for introducing me to this movie. I frecken loved it. It was this wonderful Wizard of Oz esque movie, and I adored every frame. It was the movie I needed today, so again thank you.

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    1. Awesome! Kinda jealous of you getting to see it for the first time.

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  18. Time for a confession

    This is 100%. The Truth

    After hearing Riske on the RiskeMaster podcast recently I was gonna post on here this weekend that I need 25 people in total to all donate $10 dollars each so we can buy Riske that ring, $250 is a bit steep for one person but then he came home and ordered the ring, and ruined my plan, I bet I could of got enough people on here to show some love and buy a genuine Wishmaster ring for The RiskeMaster?
    Even though we know he's a "Pansy ass mommas boy". We love him

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    1. Should we do it anyway?

      Who's in?

      We pay for the Ring for our friend Adam, it's a lot to pay but nothing between a few of us, 25 @ $10. Each, I'm in, can I get 24 more people

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    2. I'm down as long as I can use the ring to propose to him with. Although if I put it on his finger he might have a panic attack from me touching him :-)

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    3. DO NOT DO THIS! The gesture is nice but it's an incredible waste of money.

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    4. Fair enough Adam, I was just spreading some love

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    5. I'd be more than happy to buy Adam a Wishmaster ringtone.

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    6. I know. The thought is all I need. I would rather you use your cash on something for you :)

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    7. Okay, everyone who was gonna do it, go and buy a DVD of Xtro with the money instead (if you don't already own it). I just ordered mine!

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  19. Just watched Steve Miller's "Submerged" in Netflix. Oh boy, what an interesting mess. Pretty great idea, but handled pretty poorly. And a third act so ridiculous, it almost makes the whole thing worth recommending. Almost.

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  20. Hey I listened to Rob's Ugly Podcast on Capturing the Freidmans. I was at the gym and was meaning to get to it since I noticed it a long time ago. Not the most interesting movie on the podcast, I guess, but I always remember that documentary since I saw it in the theater. It felt so real. Like you're IN the story rather than getting any objective POV. That can be frustrating in many instances of course, but I don't know, I imagine this confusion and constant shades-of-gray area is probably a more accurate picture so I didn't mind. I appreciated and liked it. Thanks for the interesting talk on it!

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    1. Haha, thanks! That one was...interesting.

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  21. I just want to say that I'm really excited to watch Chopping Mall next month. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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  22. I watched the second season of American Crime which was excellent, but man, what a sad and devastating story.

    Next I catched up with some older movies.
    Paul Schrader´s The Canyons was, hmm, bleak and unsatiyfying.

    Albert Nobbs had a great role for Glenn Close but she was outplayed by the wonderful Janet McTeer, both playing women dressing and passing as men in 19th century Dublin. Aside from the performances, it was fine.

    Robert Zemeckis` The Walk was terrible. I hated every CGI sequence - and the movie has nearly no scenes without CGI.
    I hated Joseph Gordon Levitt´s fake french accent and the terrible wig he had to wear. I hated the constant never ending voice over and I hated the forced comedic tone of the movie, which made the whole thing even more annoying. The worst Zemeckis movie I ever saw.

    Movie-wise not the best weekend of the year.

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  23. Been a busy week for me so I only had time to watch a few things. Sully was an ok movie that I'll probably never think about again.

    Watched David Bowie: The Calm Before The Storm on Hulu and didn't really think much of it, especially compared to something like The Spider's from Mars Interviews. It attempts to document his early work from his first solo work to through the pre-Ziggy Stardust era but can't come up with anybody relevant to interview.

    Finally, I just got through watching Romance and Cigarettes a few minutes ago, and while I haven't really had much time to process it, I did enjoy it and can safely say there isn't anything else quite like it. It's a bit sprawling and as the movie takes a darker turn in the last third or so the fun musical numbers kinda fade away.

    Would have liked to have seen One More Time With Feeling, the film companion to Nick Cave's new album Skeleton Tree, but wasn't able to for various reasons. I haven't even listed to the album yet actually since it's the kind of thing I feel like I need to be in the right frame of mind for.

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    1. Yea! What happened to the fun in the third act? I thought it was the worst. Anyway, the first two were squealfully delightful! For instance, I thought it was so charming (SPOILER....) when he crosses himself mentioning his mom in an early scene as if she's definitely dead, and then she appears alive and well later on. This movie's like "Details! Who cares about details!"

      I want to name my album movie One More Time With Feeling, too. I should check that out, thanks :)

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